Stanley Farm

illustration of stanley famrmThe farm originally consisted of about 84 acres and was built by Thomas Proctor for the bailiff of Wallscourt farm. 

The farm stayed very much as per this illustration, less the piggery behind the house, until 1985 when it was being used as student lodgings by UWE. Unhappily it fell into disrepair and many of the architectural features were robbed so badly it was almost beyond redemption. Happily the new owners, the MOD, repaired the damage and it is now used as a conference centre.

Stanley Farm - Notes by Mike Stanbrook

Stanley means a stoney clean in a wood. There are no direct early references to this farm but in a list of tenants for 1299 there is one Cecilia Stanlegh - holds half a virgate of land and pays at Lady day 9d and at Michaelmas 9d. Tenants Henry de Stanlegh, John Hambrok, John Heynes

As the Common people began to adopt surnames they often took names relating to the area in which they lived and it may well be that Stanley farm was established prior to the 13th century (Henry de Stanlegh 1345).

Stanley lies close to the Stoke Gifford/Filton boundary, with much of its land being in Filton. Beyond the farm was a detachment of Winterbourne (incorporated into Stoke Gifford 1885). For many years, Stanley farm was the only farm in Stoke Gifford not owned by the Berkeleys. The house was rebuilt as a Bailiff's house for the Wallscourt Estate in 1854.

Rooms; R.H. Side of Hall - Parlour - L.H. Side of Hall - Living Room, Kitchen behind

List of Tenants

Illustration Reproduced by kind permission of the Builder Magazine
Stanley Farm Print circa 1860
Stanley Farm in 1915 from the Stoke Gifford Estate Sale brochure


Stanley Farm photo 1915
Views of Stanley Farm in 1985 by permission of Raymond Holland
Stanley Farm Photo 1985
Views of Stanley Farm in 1985 Views of Stanley Farm in 1985


Photographs by Mike Stanbrook c .1985
Stanley Farm
Stanley Farm
Stanley Farm
The following Photographs have kindly been supplied by the Ministry of Defence
DLO Photography and Video services,
They are Crown Copyright.
As can be seen from these photographs the Ministry of Defence has benefited the parish by restoring Stanley Farm to its former glory.
Stanley Farm Photo circa 1992
Stanley Farm Photo circa 1992
Stanley Farm Photo circa 1992
Stanley Farm Photo circa 1992
Stanley Farm Aerial Photo circa 1992
Stanley Farm Photo circa 1992
Stanley Farm Photo circa 1992
Stanley Farm Photo circa 1992
Stanley Farm Photo circa 1996
Stanley Farm Cottages - originally Stanley Farm
Stanley Farm

Commutation 7 Tythes 1839.
Land owner Sir William Milman, Baronet
Occupier Daniel Weymouth

  • List of Farm Tenants
  • 1676   C.H
  • 1724    William Chester
  • 1725    Captain Yates
  • 1735    Co. Gates
  • 1737    Executors of Co. Yates
  • 1741    Mrs. Jordan
  • 1746    Mrs. Jordan
  • 1749    Mr. Heart
  • 1755    Mr. George Baker
  • 1763    Mr. George Baker
  • 1796    Mr. Isaac Gunter
  • 1803    Mr. I Gunter
  • 1839    Daniel Weymouth
  • 1855    Ald. T Proctor
  • 1861    Stratton
  • 1897    William Mortimer